Since its inception, Google+ has required users to use their real names for their pages. While this slowly opened up overtime, it was only today that Google opened names up completely, allowing users who do not wish to use their real names the option of doing so.
Expansys has fired up a promotion on Google Play Edition devices as part of an apparent effort to clear out some stock. If you don’t mind a device that may be a generation behind the current flagships and have been looking for the experience of a GPE device, this is something you will certainly want to check out. » Read the rest
After being in the running for Microsoft’s vacant chief executive officer position and losing out to Satya Nadella, Alan Mulally will be joining Google as a member of its Board of Directors. The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon. » Read the rest
Verizon has announced that beginning on July 17th, customers will have a new option for getting a smartphone with 4G LTE service. Verizon is going to make their 4G network available through their prepaid ALLSET PLANS. These no contract plans come with unlimited talk and text. Customers can get a plan with a 500 MB data allowance for $45 per month or bump it up to 1 GB for $50 per month. As a special offer for a limited time, customers can double the initial 500 MB allowance by agreeing to autopay.
The next member to join the tablet lineup for AT&T is the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0. Its launch date? Today. While today is only for the carrier’s website, AT&T stores will start carrying the tablet on July 25. With a new two-year contract, this Samsung tablet will cost $269.99; however, customers can take advantage of Next and pay $18.50 per month without paying anything upfront. But for the people signing that two-year contract, AT&T will reward you by taking $50 off of the tablet when bundling it with a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
It can be a little frustrating when hitting a link from a Google search and the website does not fully work with your device. Most of the time, this is because the website still uses Flash and Android devices no longer play nice with that technology. The outcome is either a blank page or a page that is missing content. Google wants to warn searchers of what is to come with such websites and will have a small note below the link. An example of that note can be seen above.
Source: Google Webmaster Central Blog (Official)
Today, Google announced a new “well-staffed team called Project Zero.” Project Zero aims to put an end to targeted internet attacks such as those criminals or state-sponsored actors that try to infect your computer to steal information or monitor your activities.
Google is hiring the best security researchers who will devote 100% of their time towards improving security with all types of software. Google will also continue its tradition of transparency by filing each and every bug they discover in an external database. Before they become public, they will report the bugs to only the software vendor. After the bug is patched, it will become public.
This sounds like another sound Google project and if you think you might have the expertise to help Google, be sure to contact them because they are hiring now.
source: Google Online Security
With the Galaxy Note 4 expected in just a few months, we are going to be learning more and more about the large handset. Today’s news has to do with the Galaxy Note’s most vital feature: the S Pen. A patent filing from Samsung reveals that they could be transitioning to a new technology. » Read the rest
As Sprint edges closer to a merger deal with T-Mobile, sources say the parties involved are bracing for a longer than expected approval process. This has triggered lenders to seek higher fees as part of the financing deals. Both Softbank, Sprint’s controlling shareholder, and T-Mobile shareholder Deutsche Telekom AG expect the regulatory approval process to take at least 12 months. Building in some cushion to the schedule, it is expected a drop-dead date will be set for around 18 months after an official announcement is made. » Read the rest
Despite the recent announcement of a strong second quarter for HTC riding on the success of the HTC One (M8), it appears all is not well with upper level employees at the company. According to a report out today, Chief Marketing Officer Ben Ho has tendered his resignation only a year and half after taking over the role. Some sources are suggesting Ho may have been catching heat for HTC’s Robert Downey, Jr. marketing campaign. According to the report, Ho will remain with HTC through the end of the year even though Chairwoman Cher Wang has taken over the CMO duties.
At the same time, President of Engineering and Operations Fred Liu is retiring from the company after 16 years. The company is also losing Paul Golden, a former Samsung executive, who had been brought on as a marketing consultant pursuant to a short-term contract. It appears HTC may have wanted Golden to stay on longer, but he declined the opportunity.
HTC has not issued any official statements concerning these reported departures.